As much as I wish I was that girl
On the left lately, the reality is I am the girl on the right; No filter, no edits, no touch ups. I didn’t for one second want anyone to feel the delusion that yesterday’s picture was my normal currently. I’m self conscious as hell, I’ve gained weight from bed rest, and there’s not much I like when I look in the mirror. And as much as I wanted to show the truth about my body, I was still subconsciously sucking my belly in and struggled to find a photo I “liked” enough. But this IS my normal right now, THIS is my body; and even though I sometimes look at it with sadness in my heart from seeing my scarred up body and self pity floods in my thoughts. This time around I’m working on changing my thought process, when these thoughts begin I tell myself; this body... this body has fought WARS... and each one has made me who I am today. .
@shethinx Scarlet red
Have you or a loved one ever experienced a chronic gut health problem or received a diagnosis like celiac disease, leaky gut, IBS, colitis, SIBO, gastritis, or candida? These conditions, while diagnosed frequently, are not yet fully understood by medical communities today. In truth, medical science and research are still very far from knowing the true causes of the symptoms that are given names like leaky gut, candida, and IBS. There are real reasons you or your loved ones are experiencing gut health issues, and here I will be explaining the true cause behind these illnesses and what you can do to heal from them.
Constipation and Other General Digestive Issues
If someone is experiencing regular constipation, it could be due to a variety of factors, which can cause inflammation in the small intestinal tract and colon. When there is inflammation in the intestines, it weakens peristaltic action, which is the wavelike movement created by your central nervous system that pushes food through your digestive tract. The lining of the intestinal tract is covered in nerve endings, and some of these nerves are directly related to the peristaltic action required for proper digestion. Signals cannot be sent and received in the right way when there is inflammation in the colon, which is what prevents the peristaltic action from occurring.
It’s important to understand, however, that inflammation is not the cause. There is something else that is causing the inflammation. In the case of constipation, as I share in my book Thyroid Healing, inflammation can come from either a pathogen that’s taken up residence in the intestinal tract or a toxic, stagnant, sluggish, or fatty liver. Pathogens that cause inflammation are the Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), E. coli, shingles (there are undiscovered varieties that don’t cause rashes, which I revealed in my book Medical Medium), HHV6, and/or chronic streptococcus. ⬇️read more below OR click link in profile for full article and webinar audio⬆️
Unplanned port needle changes are always fun 😊 woke up and the end had come off in my sleep 😬Vlog from yesterday is up I finally was able to leave the house 🙌
Swirly Sunday 🌀💁🏼😈🎉 Here's the recipe for my fave salted caramel smoothie: 1 large frozen banana, 1 teaspoon of @vivolife maca, 1 teaspoon of @belovedates nectar, 2 tablespoons of salted caramel @coyo_uk and 1/2 a cup of @oatly oat milk 🤤 Blend up and top with @sweetfreedomuk choc shot and chunks of your fave @squareorganics bar ❤️😍🎉 So creamy and delicious 😋 Hope you're all having a lovely weekend so far! ✨ #vegan#eatmoreplants
Healthier Holiday's (& beyond) Recipe:
VEGAN GF GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE
CLICKABLE LINK IN BIO!
What's a dish that's not a traditional favorite but always seems to make it's way to the party? That's right, green bean casserole. Usually accepted to our plates because of the hard work your Aunt Edna put in to bring her dish, and we don't want to upset Aunt Edna. But this common side can offer some very damaging effects. The My Simple Changes version eliminates harmful dairy and gluten, replaces it with organic inflammation healing substitutes and livens up this traditionally "ok I'll have some green bean casserole" dish. An added bonus (and benefit), homemade crispy fried onion strings! #vegan#glutenfree#foodlapse
CLC MEMBER FEATURE: Hi, My name is Kaile! I’m 22 years old and living with gastroparesis, intestinal dysmotility and dysautonomia - POTS. Before January 2015, I was one of the most active and healthiest people I knew. I was going to college, running every day, and spending every spare second with friends and my boyfriend of several years.
It all changed In January when I began to get sick after meals. It progressed quickly and within two weeks, I was unable to hold down even a sip of water. I was also losing weight rapidly. I went to gastro specialists and was told it was an eating disorder or psychological.
I went through 4 doctors before getting my diagnosis of gastroparesis and even then, he was unwilling to treat me. Doctor number 6 took me on after 5 months of starvation and a 50 lb weight drop. I began tube feeds to a j tube and I began to gain weight. I went back to school and was able to resume life for about 6 months. Then the pain started. Running feeds became painful and I found myself slowing the rate and popping Advil all day just to get through.
My intestines shut down and stopped moving and for another 10 months. I lived only receiving about 300 calories a day. My GI doctor refused to do tpn so I found a doctor in Houston who was willing to treat me. He took me in at 85lbs and half dead. After a few more failed medications and a dysautonomia diagnosis, we began tpn in April and since then I am up to a healthy 115 lbs!
Tpn has saved my life but along with it comes it's deadly friend ... sepsis. I have had sepsis 5 times since April. My body does not fight it well and I am not expected to live long because of it. In the meantime, I am praying for a miracle. I’m starting stem cell therapy in December, engaged to the love of my life, and running a medical mask business.
Although these few years have been incredibly hard, I have never appreciated and enjoyed life more than I do now. I am blessed to be here and I will live out my purpose and do what God has set before me until he decides to call me home into his loving arms and that gives me peace and joy that no illness can destroy. #ChronicLoveClub
I may or may not have cried happy tears: 6 months of hair growth! I cannot even explain how happy and hopeful this makes me. My hair still has a long way to go and is really uneven with the shortest pieces still being only a few inches long, but this reminds me just how incredible the body is at bouncing back!
A lot of people have asked what I have been doing to help it grow and the answer is honestly: nothing! I just wash with a biotin and collagen shampoo, try to eat foods dense in nutrients, and let my body do the rest. Here’s to small steps! ☀️
NEW RECIPE! Liquid Gold! Aka Bone Broth - one of my easiest recipes yet. The benefits of bone broth are vast. It is excellent for your skin, thanks to all that lovely collagen (yes, the very same stuff people pay hundreds to have pumped into their faces), fantastic for your gut health which in turn supports your immune system.
Another benefit of bone broth is that it helps supply the body with super important minerals and electrolytes (yep, just like the ones you pay for in certain bottled water and sugar laden fitness drinks) like calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, sodium and potassium.
Bone broth also supports the liver in detoxification, because it has glutathione which is a powerful antioxidant agent. #bonebroth#broth#soup#detox
"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself." ~ Coco Chanel. ♡♡♡
SPOONIE CHRISTMAS CHALLENGE: Day 11; Service dog or pets.
ARE YOU READY FOR THIS?!?!
I'm a licensed veterinary technician. I'm a crazy animal lover. I have a lot of animals. Too many. 😂
1. Lia, 14 year old terrier mix.
2. Un-named French bulldog puppy. She's 10 days old and suffers from a cleft palate and harelip. I tubefeed her every two hours. Still hoping she pulls through 🤞🏻
3. Sydney, 9 year old lab. Sweetest dog ever.
4. Juniper, 3.5 year old Frenchie. Nearly died of mastitis a year and a half ago. She was signed over to the hospital I work at and I adopted her.
5. Nina, 2.5 year old mini Aussie. My sister's pup.
6. Fig. 4 month old Siamese. He was turned over to my work at three days old. Bottle fed him every 2 hours until he was old enough for kibble. Foster failure.
1. Phillip, ~2 year old scaleless ratsnake. My Prince Charming.
2. Indigo, 4 year old chinchilla. Wasn't socialized by his previous owner. Now my lil buddy. Got him last March.
3. Bentley, almost 19 year old Quarter Horse. Has navicular disease. Basically big pet.
4. Mowgli, 3 year old domestic longhair. He's a blood donor, and has saved many lives!
5. Heidi, ~3 year old Persian. I met her while in tech school. She has congenital kidney issues, and couldn't be adopted to the public. Interestingly enough she was found as a stray with another Persian, and they both had microchips from Germany. 🤔
I'm a crazy person. I know.
& I just look in the mirror . Bags under my eyes , weight gained , #spoonie gazed , dragging along this broken body I call my own . This year has been quite the adjustment . Going from one lifestyle to the other .. I live my life everyday battling this monster.. we #endowarriors have the strongest will to push forward. I don’t know about you ladies ; after trial and errors in meds , surgeries, pain , change in appetite, #endobelly , and so much more ~ it has been a mental battle and overwhelming fight with the shit talker in the 🧠 .. but here I am still alive and breathing .. I really love you guys for making me feel like I have hundreds of #endosisters , hundreds of #goddesses to share experiences , pain , strength 🎗✨🖤
I very rarely ask for help or do this sort of thing but I am really struggling to stay on top of money for my education right now. As you all know, keeping up with medical expenses can be damn near impossible at times but trying to pay for an education on top of that is very difficult. If any of you have a few dollars spare, please check out the link below (I will also put it in my bio to make things easier). Love you all and forever 😘 #spoonie#brokestudent#help
Lyme support group meeting today with my favorite @tabetharayhypnosis ! .
I encourage all of you with chronic illnesses to find support groups (they have great ones online). This was the first meeting I have been well enough to attend in person but I have gotten to know many members online and it’s great to have a sense of community and other people to bounce ideas off of. 💚💚💚
This sunny weather means no new snow, but I can't complain about this stunning sunset.
Oh deer. This will be a long one- Today I went to my first Blue's game and it was quite fun, but during the 3rd period the fun stopped and I was overcome with anxiety and fear. My boyfriend was impressed with how I handled it, but the stress finally got to me and I broke down on the way home. Tomorrow I have a medical thing that will either be a positive life change or a huge disappointment, possibly even a dangerous one. To most it will seem so small but to my situation, it's tremendous, so I lay here at1230am, sleepless. Though sometimes we as chronically ill and disabled people must take risks knowing that they may better our lives, they aren't any less scary. So I'll just make faces at snapchat filters until I fall asleep. Here's to hope for the future, my friends. #spoonie#chronicillnesslife#fear#medical#health#anxiety
When you have found wheat-free, yeast-free bread, and sourced your non-peanut, cashew-almond butter, well, you need jam. But sugar-free jam. So you plunder your freezer for summer blackberries, blueberries & rasberries, boil, add gelatin and monk fruit sugar (an awesome sugar alternative that doesn't suck or pretend not to be sugar but has same effect)...and voila, I now have a jam I can eat. #canteatanythingdiet#proud#chronicillness#leakygut#candida#aipdiet#spoonie
“Search the scriptures...” John 5:39
I want to share with you my favorite scripture. It’s held a special place in my heart since I was sixteen years old, and I come back to it and read it often. It has helped me a lot through this year - which has probably been my hardest year to date. But this short verse gives me peace and hope: .
“My son, peace be unto thy soul; thine adversity and thine afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if thou endure it well, God shall exalt thee on high...”
Doctrine and Covenants 121:7-8 .
No matter how many trials we face or how difficult they may be, we can rest assured that God would never give them to us if He knew we couldn’t handle them. Not only does He have 100% confidence in us, but He is there with us to comfort and guide us through it - even when we feel like we have been forsaken. .
Just when I feel the most alone, God shows me how intimately involved in my life He really is. He bestows blessings upon me when I need them most, and gives me strength when I feel I have none left. For this, I am eternally grateful. #lighttheworld
• Going into Week 7 of my 8-week bootcamp program 👟👑
Just 22 minutes a day and I’m fitting into my Lululemon shorts again 💪🏼🍑
#watchmeorjoinme 👇🏻👇🏻👇🏻 •
ugghhh life sucks.I'm waiting for my doctors to call back to schedule a bone scan ,my sight is getting worse and my eye doctor refuses to awnser my calls claiming "we will call you back this week" SIS NO ITS BEEN 3 MONTHS ,then the school board being a bitch and won't help me with my education problems.my crps is spreading (hint the reason for a bone scan) and my headaches are getting worse but i see the doctor thusday for that.
BUT IT SNOWED IN LOUISIANA GUYS !!!OK so I've lived all over louisiana and ive never seen snow and if you know LA weather its shitty .one day its cold and one day its hot .im in a bunch of pain from the weather changing and I over worked myself but it was worth it,seeing snow and playinf with it for a couple mins .I almost cried bc I felt semi normal .I sat on the back of my moms car in the hatchback and I watched the snow and my family having a good time .
I have school in around 4 hours but i got a blistering headache and i can't get to sleep .I'm not exited for school bc that means sitting in my wheelchair and I hate it .since I cant move my left leg without using my hands it cramps and spazms alot so being in a 90° position for 8hours doesnr feel to swell.i lost my glasses and freaked out for 4 days just to find them in my schoolback (why were they in there? The world may never know) but until next time .
I feel like I haven’t really introduced Roxy and her task aside from the first post, so here goes. Roxy is a one year old Labrador mix trained in psychiatric work. She currently does DPT, grounding, and anxiety response. We are currently working on anxiety alert and a few different responses. I happened to find her on Craigslist where her old owner spoke about her being in training but they had to give her up. My old SDIT had just died and I took the opportunity to get a new one right away. I’m so glad I did. .
I would like to introduce everyone to...... my “food baby” aka the heartbeat of my stomach.
I have no idea if this is supposed to happen and at first I only noticed it after I ate. That is why I call it my food baby. But now it happens all the time and really sticks out after I eat.
I guess the bright side of having a heartbeat that can be see through my stomach is that I always know my HR 😉